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Conflict Tipping Podcast Episode 23: When Political Parties Polarize

Welcome to the Conflict Tipping podcast from where we explore social conflict and what to do about it.

In this episode, we explore the effects of party polarization on electoral participation with Dr. Morgan Le Corre Juratic, a postdoctoral researcher at Aarhus University in Denmark. She recently completed her PhD at the European University Institute, focusing on party competition, political behavior, and support for democracy. Get ready to uncover the fascinating insights from her doctoral research and gain a deeper understanding of the impact of polarization on democratic processes.

We discuss:

  • Party polarization: Examining the rise of extreme parties and its impact on party competition.
  • Motivating turnout: How polarization can influence people’s motivation to participate in elections.
  • Clarifying political alternatives: Understanding how polarization makes party positions more distinct and aids voter decision-making.
  • Emotions and indifference: Exploring the emotional responses triggered by party polarization, including fear, anxiety, and indifference towards all parties.
  • Implications for democracy: Discussing the potential consequences of increased indifference and declining trust in the political system.

Join us on the Conflict Tipping podcast as we delve into these intriguing topics with Dr. Juratic and uncover the intricate relationship between party polarization, emotions, and electoral participation.

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Laura May

Laura is a freelancer, former Executive Director of the International Mediation Institute and a negotiation and mediation lecturer.  Her doctoral research asked “in what ways does blame make villains in politics” and covered the gamut from literature studies and linguistics to psychology and neuroscience, victimology to political science.  Her expertise includes emotions,… MORE >

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